A young girl in another state was born with a heart defect, which eventually required a heart transplant. After receiving a heart transplant at a young age, she was being treated for a defect, when doctors prescribed her an incorrect medication. It was a nasal spray, that resulted in her airways closing off, reducing the oxygen levels in her brain.
This resulted in a severe brain injury. Now, after a medical malpractice lawsuit, a judge awarded the girls family over $15 million. While these large awards are rare, they can sometimes be necessary for a family to pay for a person's medical expenses and long-term care after a tragic mistake.
According to a report, the judge found that miscommunication between two cardiologists resulted in a medication error that caused the injury. The girl is now unable to talk, walk or even swallow. It is unlikely that she will recover from these injuries, and doctors say she will need around-the-clock nursing care for the rest of her life.
This level of care is extremely expensive. When a loved one is severely injured because of medical malpractice, they might have to make many tough financial decisions. These decision might even mean a family having to sell their home or delay financial goals in order to afford the level of care that might be needed. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney after a medical malpractice mistake might be a wise decision. They can help the person who is injured or their family understand their rights and seek compensation if appropriate.
Source: Insurance Journal, "University of Washington to Pay $15M After Medical Mistake," July 16, 2013